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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Smart Pop (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933771674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933771670
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Where is the line between truth and fiction? Why do love and addiction so often go hand in hand? What does the real "Kristina" think about the way her story is told in Crank and Glass?

Crank and Glass have always been more than just stories. Join their author Ellen Hopkins and a host of other writers as they delve deep into Kristina's story, from the straight truth on the physical effects of methamphetamine addiction to the psychological consequences of keeping secrets (and how Hopkins' books have encouraged so many teens to reveal theirs).

With an essay by Ellen's real-life daughter (the basis for the character of "Kristina") that tells her version of the events that inspired the books--along with perspectives from "Scott," "Jake," and 10-year-old "Hunter," the baby from Crank--Flirtin' with the Monster is a compelling journey through the complexities of Hopkins' beloved bestselling works.

About the Author

Ellen Hopkins is a poet and award-winning author, with 20 published nonfiction books for children and five NY Times bestselling young adult novels-in-verse. Her sixth novel publishes August 2009. She is currently hard at work on her seventh and says she hopes for a Printz nomination before she reaches her expiration date. Hopkins lives with her husband, 11-year-old son, two dogs, one cat and a "whole mess of fish" on her hilltop estate near Carson City, Nev.

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This is a great read for fans of the Crank series.
LizzieanO
The book is testimony to the influence that a story such as this can have on a person, young or old, when the choice to try a drug that first time presents itself.
TeensReadToo
Ellen Hopkins is a fantastic writer, i own all of her books.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on May 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
Gold Star Award Winner!

Knowledge is power, and although Ellen Hopkins no doubt would have preferred to not have lived the nightmare of her daughter's dance with Meth and other drugs, she has chosen to share her experiences with others. We should be grateful she has.

FLIRTIN' WITH THE MONSTER is Ellen's non-fiction, no-nonsense account of why she chose to tell her story to the world, her choice of the fiction genre verses memoir, and her solid belief that teenagers deserve to read about real issues that affect their very real lives. We can't protect our teenagers forever, and if one adolescent can read about someone else's mistakes, and be frightened into not ever making the choices Ellen's daughter made, then she will have paved her way to heaven.

In this title, Ellen has joined forces with numerous people, and included letters written by her own family, "Kristina" included, to discuss the Monster, her writing, and the impact her two best-selling novels have had on their own and others lives. The book is testimony to the influence that a story such as this can have on a person, young or old, when the choice to try a drug that first time presents itself. And it will present itself.

As Niki Burnham so eloquently puts it in the opening chapter on role models our kids are reading about, or not allowed to read about, "...those caring parents do their teen a greater service by allowing them to read whatever they want and making it clear they're willing to discuss it with them afterward: Protecting them by preparing them."

The world is full of imperfect people with imperfect lives. Why should the books we open to our teenagers be any different?

Reviewed by: Angie Fisher
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason D. Summers on January 7, 2010
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This book is quite heartwrenching when you have read the series of books by Ellen Hopkins. She explains who and why the books were written and the true life changing events. Simply shocking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TR on February 12, 2013
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If you follow the series this book is great to read how it all started and to actually hear from the real people who were talked about in the book.
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By bamacoonhunter1 on March 27, 2014
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My order shipped on time and was exactly as I expected. This book gives a detailed insight into Ellen Hopkins personal life. I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of her work.
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By not happy on March 18, 2014
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good book. I have already finished it and started on the others. Thanks for having this in stock when I couldn't find it at any other place.
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By kirsten coppola on January 20, 2014
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I was so captivated by the series that I bought this book because I didn't want it to end. It was good closure but not as good as the other books.
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By Ashley Pobanz on December 18, 2013
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I bought this thinking it would be like the other books but it is more for educational purposes. This would be great with young teens.
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Hopkin's writing is very informative. It puts you in the place where you can begin to comprehend the hold "The Monster" has on the people whom take that chance and holds it hand.
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